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MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. We publish online at www.minnpost.com Monday through Friday with a limited edition on Saturday and a Sunday Review.

MinnPost provides news and analysis based on reporting by professional journalists and adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

MinnPost also includes commentary pieces from the community, and comments from readers on individual stories. MinnPost does not endorse candidates for office or publish unsigned editorials representing an institutional position. We encourage broad-ranging, civil discussion from many points of view.

We believe that in-depth, civic-minded journalism is a community asset that sustains democracy and quality of life, and we rely on individual donors, foundations, advertisers and sponsors to sustain our work.

As of December 2020, MinnPost had more than 5,800 member-donor households contributing amounts ranging from $1 to more than $20,000 a year. Nearly half of our donors are sustaining members who make automatic recurring donations.

You can view the 2020 individual donor list here. MinnPost is grateful to recognize our generous supporters, and we’re committed to transparency to our readers about the sources of our funding.

Our Major Funders

MinnPost’s initial funding of $850,000 came from four families: John and Sage Cowles, Lee Lynch and Terry Saario, Joel and Laurie Kramer, and David and Vicki Cox.

Currently, grant support of $50,000 a year or more comes from: The Otto Bremer Trust (Greater Minnesota reporting), Facebook Journalism Project (digital growth), The McKnight Foundation (general operating), and The Joyce Foundation (effective democracy, environment, and gun violence prevention).

In 2020, in response to the negative impact COVID-19 had on our advertising revenue, MinnPost applied for and received a $250,700 loan through the Payroll Protection Program of the CARES Act to cover payroll and rent. The entirety of this loan was forgiven in January 2021. Funding sources play no role in MinnPost’s journalism.

Major foundation support has come from the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, Bush Foundation, Carolyn Foundation, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Martin and Brown Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, and The Saint Paul Foundation.

Board of Directors: Rebecca Shavlik, Chair; Peter Hutchinson, Vice Chair/Treasurer; Jill Field, Past Chair; John Satorius, Secretary; Lee Lynch, Chair Emeritus; Kevin Armstrong, Katie Cole, A.J. Colianni, Fran Davis, Jack Dempsey, Jim Erickson, Chau Espenson, Nancy Feldman, David Hartwell, Diane Hofstede, Tom Horner, Jonathan Kealing, Jay Kiedrowski, Kim Kieves, Barbara Klaas, Joel Kramer, Laurie Kramer, Glenn Miller, Adair Mosley, Max Musicant, Ann Possis, Fred Semmer, Toya Stewart Downey, Karen Schanfield, Chelle Stoner, and Leslie Suzukamo.

In 2021, MinnPost’s board of directors adopted the following pledge toward the organization’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion:

MinnPost will assure that the diverse experiences and voices of all people of Minnesota and the Native Nations who share that geography are represented and heard in our board, our staff, and in the journalism we produce. The MinnPost board of directors  supports our staff’s commitment to equitable journalism and will work to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace. The board’s commitment does not signify a moment, but, rather, a journey of reflection and challenging conversations grounded in values of anti-racism and equitable practices. It is only by recognizing and addressing past and ongoing injustices that we are able to properly fulfill our mission to our stakeholders, members and readers.

Advisory Council: Terri Barreiro, Peter Bell, Wendy Blackshaw, Laura Bloomberg, Scott Burns, Lauren Collins, Jay Cowles, Toby Dayton, Samuel Heins, Sue Herridge, Lars Leafblad, Kathy Longo, David Moore Jr., Mike Moore, Beth Parkhill, David Plimpton, Susan Plimpton, Mary Pickard, Kim Snyder, Missy Staples Thompson, Kari Swan, and Chris Widdess.

MinnPost Board Of Directors 2021 with affiliations [PDF]

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